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  • Colorado woman dies in I-25 rollover

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to the New Mexico State Police, a Colorado woman was killed in a rollover vehicle wreck that happened Monday at about 1 p.m. along Interstate 25, at mile marker 309, near Pecos.

    The initial investigation indicated a 2005 Saturn passenger car was traveling north on I-25 at a high rate of speed.

    For presently unknown reasons, the Saturn left the roadway and then rolled.

  • Driven to improve

    Theresa Wesner photo

    As summer approaches, more vehicles will be on the roads, increasing the risks of accidents.

    First-responders attended to this late-April wreck on South Grand and a rollover near Robertson High a few days prior.
     

  • LCC duo claims first, second place in heavy equipment contest

    Luna Community College’s Vocational/Technical Studies students John Lucero and Tracy Herrera took first and second place, respectively, at the Associated General Contractors of America Heavy Equipment Rodeo on Friday, May 4 in Albuquerque.

    Lucero narrowly beat out Herrera in the excavator simulator competition by a money score of $1,700 to $1,638.

    The competitors had to load a dump truck within four-minute time.

  • Council agrees to re-zone property used for farmers market

    Re-zoning of property to accomodate a farmers market was one of the few actions taken by the Las Vegas City Council at Wednesday's three-hour regular meeting — but not without a lengthy discussion.

    The Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance moving property, located on the southwest corner of Hot Springs Boulevard and Mills Avenue, from multi-family residential zoning to general commercial zoning.

  • Police: Former Mora Schools coach raped, stabbed student

    A former Mora Schools coach was taken to the San Miguel County Detention Center this week after New Mexico State Police say he raped and later stabbed a female student.

    The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate Apoloino Leroy Blea, 21, of Mora, a former Mora and Pecos Schools coach, for criminal sexual penetration of a 14-year-old sophmore girl at Mora High School while he was an assistant coach and student manager for the MHS boys basketball team.

  • Ribera man drives up to NMSP station drunk with daughter, police say

    The New Mexico State Police say a Ribera man recently showed up to a State Police station in Albuquerque to report a child custody matter — and had been drunk while driving there with a child in his vehicle. 

    According to a news release from the Ralph Garcia, 37, of Ribera, showed up at a State Police station in Albuquerque at about 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. His 11-year-old daughter was with him.

  • Valley Elementary/Middle School, April 2018 Students of the Month

    Valley Elementary and Middle School Students of the Month for April 2018.

    They are Serenity Romero, kindergarten, and Abrianna Gallegos, first grade.

    Milagros Armijo, fourth grade; Lola Taylor, third grade and Julissa Acosta, second grade.

    Marco Salinas, fifth grade; Mailynn Griego, eighth grade; Faith Lyon, sixth grade; and Ezekiel Gallegos, seventh grade.
     

  • A handshake and a degree

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Be the kind of leaders that adhere to the highest standard for integrity, decorated Maj. Gen. Melvyn Montaño told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement May 12.

    A total of 983 students are on track to graduate from Highlands and its centers, with 489 students earning their diplomas at the main Las Vegas campus. Of the total graduates, 555 will earn bachelor’s degrees and 428 will earn master’s degrees.

  • Awards, presenters dominate meeting

    In the waning days before school breaks for summer, students in the West Las Vegas School District were spotlighted during the School Board’s regular monthly meeting, Monday night.

    The board also heard a presentation from Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn on land trust impacting San Miguel County and the state.

  • Decker named new ARMAS Director

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Susan Decker is the new director for the Achieving in Research, Math and Science Center at Highlands University.

    The ARMAS Center provides comprehensive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) support services to students.